User Profiles are now supported in Prime Video on Amazon Fire TVs

The Prime Video app on Amazon Fire TV, and other devices, now supports user profiles. Switching profiles allows you to access individual watchlists and personalized recommendations. Viewing progress of TV shows and movies will also be tracked per profile, so that you can resume watching the same content at different points from others in your household. Read more ›

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Explanation of the “FireTV Player” app and why it suddenly appeared on your Fire TV

You may have noticed a new app called “FireTV Player” appear recently under the Manage Installed Applications list on your Amazon Fire TV device. I’ve received several emails and read comments from people wondering what the app was for, how the app suddenly appeared, and even if it’s malware or a virus. Rest assured, the app is perfectly safe and actually not a new app at all. Read more ›

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YouTube Kids app by Google is now available on Amazon Fire TV devices

Back when Amazon and Google announced that an official YouTube app would finally come to Fire TV devices, they also said a YouTube Kids app would arrive as well. That day has come because a YouTube Kids app has just arrived for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Edition devices. The app appears to be compatible with all Fire TV models, all the way back to the first 2014 Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Google says YouTube Kids is “a safer online experience for kids.” The app limits access to YouTUbe videos to those that “a mix of automated filters built by our engineering teams, human review, and feedback from parents” have deemed to be family-friendly. Read more ›

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YouTube TV, Hulu, and Sling TV are integrating into the Fire TV’s Live tab and Channel Guide

YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and Sling TV are the newest streaming services that are integrating their channels into the Amazon Fire TV’s various live TV interfaces. Sling TV started to roll out this intebgration a few months ago, but now it and YouTube TV’s integration is available to everyone, joining streaming services Philo and Pluto TV, which were already integrated. Hulu’s integration will be available in the coming weeks. Read more ›

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How to install and use HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV or Firestick — Avoiding common icon/launch issues

HBO Max is not currently available in the Amazon Appstore for Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition devices. Fortunately, it’s easy to sideload the app and use it as long as you first take a few precautions to avoid common issues with the app. If you simply sideload the app like you would any other APK, you could end up with the wrong icon appearing, the icon not appearing at all, or the app refusing to install altogether. Here’s a step-by-step guide for everything you need to do to have a good HBO Max experience on Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — April 21 – 27

This past week there were 31 new apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. The first-person shooter game Cyboid has released a new free version of their game to consolidate their Fire tablet and Fire TV versions into one app. DROPOUT, which was previously only available in the UK, has released a new international app. The streaming service is from the creators of CollegeHumor and features ad-free original shows that costs $3.99 per month. Meteonews is a new weather app that allows you to customize the interface by adding various widgets. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — April 14 – 20

This past week there were 51 new apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. Revenge of the Furry is a new tower defense strategy game for Fire TVs, which is a genre that we rarely see released on the platform. XUMO is a new free streaming service that offers over 160 channels of news, comedy, sports, and more. REELZ, which is a TV network focused on true stories and documentaries about celebrities and infamous people, has arrived this week on Fire TV devices. Harmony Express is a companion app for the new Logitech Harmony Express Remote, which allows the remote to launch Fire TV apps.H he armony Express Remote is a shift in Harmony’s universal remote strategy because it has Alexa built-in so that you can achieve most actions using only your voice. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — April 7 – 13

This past week there were 51 new apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. TVcade is a collection of 40 arcade games for just $0.99. Many of the included games are replicas of well-known games, like PAC-MAN, Centipede, Tetris, and Frogger. I’m sure they’re not as good as the originals, but with so many included at this price, it’s probably worth it anyway. The Criterion Channel arrives on Fire TV devices this week. The streaming service offers a large collection of classic and contemporary films for $10.99 per month or $99.99 per year. The STAGE Network is another new service that’s now available on Fire TVs. For $4.99 per month or just under $48 annually, you get access to the entire world of theatre, featuring original series, films, live theatre, documentaries, reality shows, variety shows, talk shows, live concerts, and more. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — Mar 31 – April 6

This past week there were 51 new apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. TMZ has added Fire TV support to their app for celebrity coverage. MagellanTV is a new documentaries streaming service that costs $4.99 per month. FilmRise has continued releasing new categories for their free content, bringing their total to 22 apps. New arrivals this week include apps for Comedy, History, Kids, and more. Speaking of kids, HooplaKidz Plus has arrived with ad-free shows and songs for kids. The service costs $5.99 per month or just under $50 if you pay for a year at once. SFTTV is a new utility that allows you to transfer files between your Fire TV, your phone, and/or your computer over you local network. Since this doesn’t require an internet connection, it should be faster than any cloud service. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — Mar 24-30

This past week there were 37 new apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. The most notable app is definitely EPIX NOW, which is the new stand-alone version of the EPIX premium network. For $5.99 a month, the app gives you access to thousands of movies and shows with no traditional TV subscription needed. The Alliance of American Football (AAF) has just released their app to watch the professional football league’s games. Zumba has released an official app that lets you purchase workout videos right on your Fire TV. FilmRise has released 4 more apps with free movies and shows to add to their growing collection of 12 apps. The new additions include a Family app and True Crime app. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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